Academic Articles Feb. 12

The latest academic papers on conservation. If you have a paper that you would like to share, please get in contact with us. Click on the title to follow the link to each article. Please note that some of these articles are behind a paywall.


  • How does the Amazon rain forest cope with drought?
    • The Amazon rain forest isn’t necessarily a place that many would associate with a drought, yet prolonged dry spells are projected to become more prevalent and severe because of climate change. The question at hand is how these droughts are going to affect the rain forest, as it has a large influence…
  • On the land, one-quarter of vertebrates die because of humans
    • Humans have a ”disproportionately huge effect” on the other species of vertebrates that share Earth’s surface with us, causing more than 25 percent of the deaths among an array of species all over the globe, according to a recently published study.
  • Are we eating the world’s megafauna to extinction?
    • Source: Conservation Letters
    • Author(s): William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsom et al.
    • Abstract: Many of the world’s vertebrates have experienced large population and geographic range declines due to anthropogenic threats that put them at risk of extinction. The largest vertebrates, defined as megafauna, are especially vulnerable. We analyzed how human activities are impacting the conservation…
  • The context dependence of frontier versus wilderness conservation priorities
    • Source: Conservation Letters
    • Author(s): Edmond Sacre, Michael Bode, Rebecca Weeks, Robert L. Pressey
    • Abstract: Much of conservation planning has focused on how we should prioritize areas for protection based on biodiversity and cost, but less is known about how we should prioritize areas based upon the level of threat they face. 
  • Merging social equity and conservation goals in IPBES
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Simo Sarkki and Nicolás Acosta García
    • Abstract: Finding ways to manage interrelations between conservation objectives and social goals is of interest to conservation biologists, social scientists, policy makers, and local and indigenous communities. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
  • Cautioning against the overemphasis of normative constructs in conservation decision making
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Esty Yanco, Michael Paul Nelson, Daniel Ramp
    • Abstract: Questions around how to conserve nature are increasingly leading to dissonance in conservation planning and action. While science can assist in unraveling the nature of conservation challenges, conservation responses rely heavily on normative positions and constructs to order actions, aid interpretations, and provide motivation.
  • Environmental representativity in marine protected area networks over large and partly unexplored seascapes
    • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
    • Author(s): Yorgos Stratoudakis, Ana Hilário, Cláudia Ribeiro et al
    • Abstract: Converting assemblages of marine protected areas (MPAs) into functional MPA networks requires political will, multidisciplinary information, coordinated action and time. We developed a new framework to assist planning environmental representativity in a network across the marine space of Portugal, responding to a political commitment to protect 14% of its area by 2020.
  • Global environmental consequences of twenty-first-century ice-sheet melt
    • Source: Nature
    • Author(s): Nicholas R. Golledge, Elizabeth D. Keller, Natalya Gomez et al
    • Abstract: Government policies currently commit us to surface warming of three to four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100, which will lead to enhanced ice-sheet melt. Ice-sheet discharge was not explicitly included in Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5, so effects on climate from this melt are not currently captured in the simulations most commonly used to inform governmental policy.

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